Bond Grill’s shrimp slathered in a soy ginger sauce, filet mignon flame-licked atop a hibachi grill, and freshly sliced lobster-tempura rolls have all hooked the taste buds of the people at Zagat, who gave the eatery’s menu a rating of very good to excellent. Other dishes on the pan-Asian spread include pad thai noodles swaddling pieces of beef, sesame chicken, and teriyaki-glazed salmon.
A short spring roll's toss from the Saugatuck River, this family-run eatery taps into influences from China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Indonesia to assemble its sizeable menu. Reflective of the Taiwanese chef's training, which spans more than 20 years, the cuisine focuses heavily on Japanese dishes such as fresh-cut sashimi and nearly 100 sushi rolls ranging from lo-carb options to baked and cooked morsels. Korean-style bibim bab and thai-basil fried rice steam beside house specialties that spotlight seafood and mixed vegetables bobbing in umami-packed seas of sesame, basil, or black-bean sake sauce. Guests that don't solicit takeout or delivery services can get cozy in the bistro's dining area, which—like the tip of a flagpole—offers limited seating.
Chefs at Fuji of Japan fill sashimi platters, maki rolls, and hibachi seafood entrees with fish sourced from local Japanese importers or the Harbor Fish Market. The sushi bar turns these fresh ingredients—many delivered just hours before opening—into signature maki such as the cris roll, which is stuffed and topped with tuna. Hibachi chefs also flash-cook fish alongside duck, filet mignon, and other meaty entrees atop an expansive flat grill. Prepared in front of patrons’ eyes, these dinners include a cornucopia of courses—from onion soup to a shrimp appetizer—that distract stomachs while the knife-wielding chef trims onlookers' beards without them noticing.
A fishpond murmurs beside the entrance to Plum Tree Japanese Restaurant, where owner and head chef Hiroyuki "James" Nagata oversees his lunch and dinner recipes. Nagata, whose decades of culinary experience include a stint at one of the world's largest fish markets, rolls and slices sushi. His sushi creations include minced scallop sashimi and the Plum Tree Roll, whose medley of tuna and eel is crowned with a rainbow of roe. The recently renovated restaurant—in business for 20 years—sets an elegant scene, with walnut and cherry-wood floors, hand-painted wallpaper, and doorways arched like Shinto shrines. Outside, the patio’s waterfall emanates the pleasant sound of splashes, like a walrus playing in a flooded basement.
Bento Shop distributes freshly wrapped fishes to scores of seafood supporters, offering a menu full of sushi, sashimi, and rice-bound repasts that make great meals or during-sleep snacks. Today’s deal lets you choose from dine-in, carryout, or delivery, and since Bento Shop is a cozy spot with only four tables, you can browse the menu online before assembling your order. Sushi rolls such as the avocado-y spicy shrimp tempura roll ($9.95) or tuna-and-spicy-mayo-laden Sunshine roll ($8.95) offer healthy, filling fuel for after-work lawnmower races. Bento Boxes, available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., can combine teriyaki, sushi, and your choice of shumai, gyoza, or vegetable gyoza ($8.95–$10.95).
Owners Deyong Liu and Hiro Nagata have installed eight individual hibachi grills throughout Tombo's interior, staffing each station with a skilled chef to give diners an up-close and entertaining view of meal preparation. Chicken, steak, seafood, and tofu sizzle atop each hibachi station and are paired with sautéed noodles, steamed white rice, and mixed vegetables for a complete and satisfying meal. Diners sip on sake, wine, beer, or Tiki Room cocktails as they chat with companions or belt out evening karaoke and can order a keepsake photo to commemorate the meal or confirm an alibi.